The Dangers Of Lead-Based Paint Still Exist: The Hidden Hazards Of Old Paint
Updated: May 10
Lead-based paint is one of the oldest and most common sources of lead exposure. It is also one of the most significant sources of lead poisoning. While lead-based paint is no longer used in U.S. homes, some Charlotte area homes may have deteriorated lead-based paint that poses a risk of poisoning. There are many dangers of lead-based paint, and thus it poses a serious health threat.
Children are the most vulnerable: They absorb up to six times more lead than adults. Their developing brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Testing shows that even small amounts of lead can cause permanent damage in children.
Lead paint is an environmental hazard. Older homes are more likely to have lead paint. Moisture from water and pollutants from pollutants can cause it to deteriorate faster. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health issues, especially for children.
Professional abatement costs are higher than for most other types of hazardous waste. If a home was built before 1978, it is likely that lead-based paint was used.
Even if a home is newer, it may still have some lead paint from old renovations. As a result, it's a good idea to have home inspectors test for any signs of lead-based paint and request that the seller disclose any such paint if it is found.
Why Is Lead-Based Paint Dangerous?
Lead poisoning affects people of all ages, but as stated above, it is especially dangerous for children. Lead affects many parts of the body, including the brain, bones, and muscles, causing long-term health issues. Children and young adults are most likely to be affected by lead poisoning because their bodies are still developing and their brains are growing rapidly. Even small amounts of lead can affect a child’s growth and development.
Lead can also increase a person’s risk of other health problems, such as: High blood pressure , memory and learning problems, depression, anger and violent behavior as well as decreased IQ. Lead poisoning can also increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and stroke.
As lead can stay in a person’s body for a very long time. Even a small amount in a child’s body can affect his or her growth and development for many years.
My Home Was Built Prior To 1978. How Do I Know If I Need Lead-Based Paint Testing?
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint as it was used in homes until it was banned that year.
If you live in an older home, plan to buy an older home, or plan to renovate an older home (and never had testing done) it is important to have your home professionally tested. Bannon Home Inspections offer many affordable and convenient home inspection services including lead-based paint testing.
If you think your home may have lead-based paint, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your family:
Have your home tested for lead-based paint. A qualified professional can test your home for lead-based paint. (It's also relatively inexpensive)
If lead-based paint is found in your home, remove it safely. Lead-based paint should be removed by a qualified professional.
Take steps to prevent lead poisoning. If you live in a home with lead-based paint, take steps to prevent lead poisoning. These steps include keeping your home clean and dust-free, and making sure your family eats a healthy diet. For more information on lead-based paint testing, please visit the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-based-paint-homes
My Home Has Lead-Based Paint, How Do I Get It Removed?
If your home has lead-based paint, you should hire a professional to remove it. Lead-based paint can be very dangerous, so it is important to make sure that it is removed properly. A professional will have the experience and knowledge necessary to safely remove the lead-based paint from your home.
You can find a list of certified lead removal contractors in your area on the EPA's website.
Bannon Home Inspections provides lead based paint testing for all areas of North and South Carolina. We provide lead-based paint testing near: Charlotte, Monroe, Concord, Gastonia, Huntersville, Waxhaw, Mooresville, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Statesville, Davidson, Cornelius, Lake Norman, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York, Lancaster, Pageland, Mount Holly, Weddington, Indian Trail, Indian Land, Mint Hill, Ballantyne, Pineville, Troutman, Denver, Matthews, Wadesboro, Midland, China Grove, Marvin, Tega Cay, Albemarle and Dallas.
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